Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was raised by his parents Clarence and Grace Hemingway in the suburbs of Chicago. While attending high school, Hemingway helped maintain the school newspaper. After graduating, he began his writing career by working for the Kansas City Star at the young age of seventeen. Hemingway once said, “On the Star, you were required to learn to write a simple declarative sentence. This is very useful to anyone.” Hemingway’s time at the Star certainly helped his prose style of writing. (Trout, 5)
During World War I, Hemingway went overseas to work as an ambulance driver. After a short time aiding the Italian army, he was injured and sent to Milan for his injuries. While recovering, Hemingway met the nurse Agnes von Kurowsky, who soon he soon proposed. However, she left the wounded soldier for another man, leaving the war-torn soldier alone. The heartbroken writer found inspiration from this event and later wrote his famous works “A Very Short Story” and A Farewell to Arms. While still recovering from the injuries he sustained, Hemingway returned to the United States and met the woman who would become his first wife, Hadley Richardson. The married couple 2 moved to Paris, where Hemingway got a job as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star.
Hemingway continued his work where he published several of his more recognizable works, such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms. His book The Old Man and the Sea won Hemingway the Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. However, with each passing year he lived, his physical and mental well-being began to decline. On July 2, 1961, he finally committed suicide in his home. Despite his tragic end, Hemingway left behind an impressive legacy which still inspires many today. He was once asked by the function of his art, to which he responded: “From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all the things you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immorality” (Trout, 7-9).
Hemingway often regarded “Soldier’s Home” as “the best short story I ever wrote.” The story is about a World War I American veteran returning home. The soldier, Harold Krebs, returned later than most of the other soldiers, so he didn’t get a huge welcome home greeting like the others. When he first arrives, he doesn’t want to tell about his story during his time at war. However, when he finally feels like talking about it, nobody wants to listen since everyone has heard the other soldiers’ stories. Krebs would often lie to try and make his stories more interesting. Krebs is also having a difficult transition from his war life to the peacefulness of his life back home.
Krebs remembers how easy it was...